The Notorious J.B.’s – “B.I.G Poppa’s Got A Brand New Bag” (Amerigo.BandCamp.Com / 2019)
“The B.I.G. Payback”, the latest Soul Mates project from Amerigo Gazaway, finds the Cali based producer mixing classic rhymes from the late, great Biggie Smalls with a long list of funky James Brown anthems.
Andy Cooper – “It Was James Brown” (@UglyDuckling / 2016)
The member of West Coast crew Ugly Duckling pays tribute to the Godfather of Soul and the part his music has played in a long line of Hip-Hop classics.
Hip-Hop’s Soul Brother #1 pays homage to the original Soul Brother with this funky mix of both James Brown classics and tracks from the likes of Chubb Rock, Das Efx and Nas which have all benefited from the sonic power of a Godfather Of Soul sample.
Pete Rock remembers meeting James Brown as a child:
“When I met James Brown, I think he passed along something to me when I shook his hand. I look at that today, and I say, “Damn, I think James Brown gave me a piece of his [soul] power.” He came to Mount Vernon and he did a concert with Bobby Bird and The JBS in my hood at a spot called the Left Bank. And I’m telling you I’ve never seen Mount Vernon so poppin’ in my entire life! It was always poppin’–don’t get it twisted–because we used to do little parties in the hood and stuff like that and everybody would come out. But James Brown — I mean I was seven years old, me and my brother Grap, and we walked in the joint and my mother talked to one of James’ bodyguards or managers or something and was asking him, “Yo, can my kids meet James?” And the next thing you know, he came up behind us and I shook his hand and he was like, “God bless you man, God bless you.” And he shook my mother’s hand and he shook my brother’s hand. And it left something with me. This was before he got on stage. He shook our hands and then we watched the show. And I left that place not the same. So you see how strong black music can be. It had a heavy impact on me in my life.”
In conjunction with J.Period’s “The Legacy Of James Brown” mix released this week, the legendary DJ Scratch has put together this collection of funky 45s from the Godfather Of Soul which have been sampled by everyone from Big Daddy Kane and Nas to Das EFX and EPMD.
Brooklyn-based mix-king J.Period prepares for the release of the forthcoming James Brown biopic “Get On Up” with a ridiculously funky Godfather Of Soul tribute delivered with his usual trademark flair and creativity.
West Coast turntable maestro Rhettmatic of the mighty Beat Junkies paid tribute to the Godfather Of Soul yesterday on what would have been the legend’s 81st birthday with a tight mix of both James Brown classics and tracks that sampled them from Biz Markie, Showbiz & A.G. and more – download here.
DJ Yess & D.CRIME – “Keep It Movin’ (Come On, Do It, Do It)” (@DJYess / @DCRIMEMusic71 / 2014)
The Leicester-based duo who first caught the attention of UK heads with their 1992 single “Time For Action” return with a breakbeat-driven tribute to James Brown.